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Philosophy Coffee: Bullshit, Lies, and Fake News

November 04, 2019
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Media researcher Gino Canella will facilitate an informal discussion on the effects of fake news on everyday lives and political systems.

Philosophy challenges people to move beyond uncritical patterns of thought, to recognize problems, and to exchange a more naive world view for a more considered and justifiable one. In doing so, people learn to think in ways that are simultaneously both disciplined and imaginative.

Philosophy coffees are informal discussions, hosted by the Engagement Lab, to discuss today’s most urgent questions. All members of the Emerson community are welcome. Complimentary coffee and snacks will be served!

“Bullshit, Lies, and Fake News” -- November 4 @ 2-3 PM

In the U.S., and around the globe, people are increasingly worried about the effects of fake news on their lives and political systems. But what is fake news? What are its root causes? Does a rise in fake news shed any light on the nature of politics? Harry Frankfurt has argued that lies are not the same thing as bullshit, and that the latter is a more serious threat to democracy. Is fake news a form of bullshit or something else?

In the U.S., and around the globe, people are increasingly worried about the effects of fake news on their lives and political systems. But what is fake news? What are its root causes? Does a rise in fake news shed any light on the nature of politics? Harry Frankfurt has argued that lies are not the same thing as bullshit, and that the latter is a more serious threat to democracy. Is fake news a form of bullshit or something else?

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